With Joy and Hope: Sharing 2020 Social Justice & Outreach Community Grants

Patricia Massey Hoke

The vision of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is to be a place of unconditional welcome and a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte. Our mission is to nurture a community of courageous followers of Jesus and inspire love of God and love of neighbor.

One way we live out this call is through our annual Social Justice & Outreach Grants made to Charlotte-area nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable among us. This grant pool is a regular allocation of the annual church budget, typically at a total of $50,000. Given the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the nonprofit community and those they serve, allocating this year’s grants pool was even more challenging. In most cases, the need far surpassed what we were able to fund. We are grateful to the members of the Social Justice & Outreach Grants Committee, including members of the Social Justice and Outreach Committees and other parishioners, for the time and energy they shared in making these hard decisions.

This year’s Social Justice & Outreach grant recipients represent longtime partners of St. Peter’s including Roof Above, Augustine Literacy Project, and Supportive Housing Communities. We have also included newer ministries with a powerful impact on our community like Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte. All grants are for unrestricted operating dollars, giving the nonprofit organizations the necessary financial flexibility in this uncertain time.

Thanks to the Vestry’s recognition of the growing needs of our community, we were able to include an additional $4,000 to this year’s allocation for a total of $54,000 in grants. The supplementary $4,000 will be used to support a Samaritan’s Feet International project at St. Peter’s, providing 200 Hope Totes with shoes and hygiene items to neighbors at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope for Women & Children, Samaritan’s House, and Roof Above. Barbara Yow shared how this project is being led by the Social Justice team in a recent parish column.

Please join us in lifting up these nonprofit partners in prayer — for the neighbors in need whom they serve, for their employees who have devoted their lives to such important work, and for an end to the systems in our world that cause the need for these nonprofit partners to persist. We give these gifts joyfully and with hope for what they will make possible outside of our church walls.

Patricia Massey Hoke, Vestry Liaison for Social Justice, on behalf of the Social Justice & Outreach Grants Committee